700-year-old skeletons found holding hands

700-year-old skeletons found holding hands


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An archaeological investigation led by the Hallaton Fieldwork Group belonging to the British University of Leicester, has made a curious find of a pair of skeletons, which despite not being extremely old, yes have stood hand in hand for more than 700 years.

They are the remains of a man and a woman that were found in a small chapel in Leicester County a few weeks ago. The find is the result of an excavation that lasted about four years and from its study it is revealed that the remains correspond almost certainly to the 14th century according to radiocarbon tests and it is believed that when they were buried they would have a similar age.

It is not known why the bodies were buried in the small chapel of the place and not in the church of Hallaton, where the majority of the inhabitants of this place are found. It is believed that these people could be criminals, foreigners or that they could have died due to some important illness, which prevented them from being honored in a larger sacred place in the Hallaton church.

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The historian William Burton, who appears in the study carried out by the University of Leicester, assures that this place in 1641 was considered a sanctuary of sanctity, where sick people came to die. Taking into account that in those times and earlier times burials were carried out in the church, possibly these two buried people died ill.

Another of the possible reasons that are handled, although it is only a hypothesis, is that possibly the chapel was within a pilgrimage area, which could explain the reason for this burial. During the excavations the mosaic walls and floors of the Saint Morrell chapel were also found, as well as fragments of masonry, lead advantages and various silver coins dating from between the 11th and 15th centuries.

Despite this striking find, they were not the only things found in these excavations, The remains of 11 other people were also found whose burial was oriented according to Christian tradition (West - East) as well as different pieces of Roman archeology, as well as different fragments of stonework constructions and small pieces of tiles.

At the moment the excavations have not been completed nor has everything that has been found been studied in depth, so there is not much information about it.

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